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The Scott Ross: Republicans Are Like Liberals

Liberals had their leader defined by their opposition in 2006 and 2009. Republicans suffered the same fate in 2012 and Democrats are already attempting to define likely candidate Senator Marco Rubio (video below). Liberals like to think they share a f… . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Republicans Are Like Liberals

Eclectic Lip: Mitt’s bad day (wasn’t nearly as bad as the dinosaurs’)

As expected by everyone outside the American right-wing echo chamber, Obama handily defeated Romney in the US election. In the weeks leading up to the election, pollster Nate Silver (who posts at the New York Times) came under such ferocious criticism from Fox News & friends, for purportedly “skewing” his results to inflate predictions in [...] . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: Mitt’s bad day (wasn’t nearly as bad as the dinosaurs’)

The Scott Ross: Now Americans Need To Follow Republican Lead

Voters showed the Republican Party doesn’t represent America, but in losing the election and now facing hard choices, for America’s sake, perhaps Republicans should. For today, after losing the Presidency, again, and additional senate seats, Republica… . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Now Americans Need To Follow Republican Lead

The Scott Ross: Democrats Learn From Conservatives: Obama Like Harper, Romney Like Ignatieff

Many progressives are elated that Obama won last night, they should thank Stephen Harper. For though many Canadians were happily surprised that Obama’s re-election strategy worked, there was really little doubt, as Stephen Harper had already proved i… . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Democrats Learn From Conservatives: Obama Like Harper, Romney Like Ignatieff

Eclectic Lip: When billionaires brawl… (some US election thoughts)

So, the US elects its next President (or re-elects its current one) today. One hopes that our southern cousins avoid the fiascos of 2000 and 2004. As all but the young recall, the 2000 Gore vs. Bush US election hinged on Florida, where George Bush’s brother Jeb was governor. Before the election, Republican operatives had [...] . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: When billionaires brawl… (some US election thoughts)

Trashy's World: What was really an earthquake not far from Ottawa…

… Was first mistaken by me to be the thundering feet of millions of Americans heading to Ottawa en masse in the event of a Romney win tonight. I suspected the border guards were overridden! But no, it was just an earthquake. (6) Trashy, Ottawa, O… . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: What was really an earthquake not far from Ottawa…

Trashy's World: My prediction…

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Trashy's World: My nightmare scenario for tomorrow morning…

(4) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario

The Scott Ross: Why Your Vote Means Something

If your vote is meaningless because it’s only one out of 140 million cast, what does that say about you, the importance of your one life on a planet with 7 billion others? Not to mention the short span of your years compared to the billions that came before it and the billions of years that will follow it.

The fact is your vote matters just as much as you do. That even though you, yourself are smaller than a grain of sand in the infinite landscape of time and space, the things you do, the things you say, the

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The Disaffected Lib: Four War Years

The sense I’m getting from the polls is that Obama is ahead but only just.  Two to three points seems to be the lead, a gap that can probably be easily erased by voter suppression and minor tinkering with the electronic voting system.

Eyebrows will be raised, sure, but that’s now standard fare for any election in the self-proclaimed, albeit undeserved Greatest Democracy on Earth (TM).

Yet I’m far from sure that a Romney victory will be the worst thing for America.  It may in fact be what’s needed to spark the sort of upheaval without which the

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Left Over: Why I AM Freaking Out at the Possibility of Romney…

Why I’m not freaking out about the idea of a Mitt Romney presidency

I’m not complacent: bad things would happen. But I also have faith that, despite partisan politics, America arcs toward progress -

a blog from Ana-Marie Cox posted in the Guardian online Nov. 5, 2012

Well, glad your denial carries you forward…but it’s laughable.. Certainly, the little progress the US has made in equitable rules for all citizens is as fragile as a Teabagger’s conscience..and just as prone to disappearing, as convenient.. Is Romney, by himself, all that scary? Probably not, but with an amenable Senate (which

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The Scott Ross: There Is No End For Hope & Change

It is hard to imagine how much Obama has let the American people down from his lofty rhetoric in 2008 and how little hope and change he has actually delivered. This of course is not because Obama failed to uphold these particular promises, though it’s readily admitted he’s failed to uphold others; there is resentment because there is something significantly wrong with America.

When any society believes hope and change are some tangible commodity, some identifiable end or some goal that once attained can be placed upon an award shelf to collect dust, that society seriously misunderstands what hope and

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drive-by planet: Video ad contrasts Romney climate change jokes with Sandy devastation

A video ad put out by Citizen Engagement Lab makes a powerful statement about Romney’s cynical attitude toward climate change by juxtaposing his climate change jokes with scenes of devastation.

In a year that has seen a record Arctic melt, unprecedented drought conditions and record-setting temperatures in the US, Romney remains mute on issues touching on climate change – except to engage in mockery.

During the campaign Obama has been similarly quiet on climate change, although he did stake out his position during his DNC speech: “Climate change is not a hoax… More droughts and floods and wildfires are not

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350 or bust: MTV Breaks Climate Silence

Last week, MTV’s Sway Williams broke the climate silence that has been present throughout the American election during an interview with President Barack Obama: * TRANSCRIPT: Q: Until this year global climate change has been discussed in every presidential debate since 1988. It was a big part of your previous campaign but pushed back on [...]

The Scott Ross: Racial Divide Ruining America

America is a politically divided country, racial groups have picked sides and aren’t making things any better.

On January 1st the country is set to suffer a 5% cut to its economic output mostly as a result of the fiscal cliff that has loomed ever since Democrats and Republicans failed to agree on a plan to reduce the ever-growing deficit.

The partisanship that has plagued Washington and created this crisis is related to the partisanship that plagues America which itself has motivated different races to become politically aligned, perhaps only dangerously so.

This election the Democratic candidate President Barack Obama

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350 or bust: Saturday At The Movies

Saturday Night Live had some fun spoofing the second presidential debate last weekend:  

The Disaffected Lib: The End of the Road for Mitch Romney?

A Massachusetts court has unsealed the transcripts of a 20-year old divorce case between the CEO of Staples and his wife that could spell the end of Mitch Romney’s chances to become America’s next president.

AlterNet has the transcripts and is poring over them right now.

At issue is whether Romney lied to the court about the value of the husband’s shares in Staples.   It’s alleged that Romney gave evidence under oath to mislead the court into finding the shares were worth far less than their actual value.   Then after the wife had been left high and dry,

The Disaffected Lib: TMZ Outs the Mormonstrosity

Gossip shop, TMZ, says Mitch Romney may have lied under oath in a divorce trial to help a buddy and screw that buddy’s wife out of big bucks.

Mitt Romney LIED under oath when he testified in the divorce of his good friend and screwed the friend’s wife out of a lot of money in the process … so claims the ex-wife of Staples’ founder Tom Stemberg.Multiple sources connected with the divorce tell TMZ … during Tom’s uber nasty divorce case with ex-wife Maureen, Mitt Romney gave a deposition and testified during the trial that Staples was worth virtually nothing.

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The Disaffected Lib: Don’t Forget, It’s Mine. You May, However, Borrow Freely

I’ve coined a new word, Mormonstrosity, to refer to the unfit-for-prime-time, Republican presidential candidate, Mitch Romney.  My creative instincts were piqued when I read of Romney’s assertion that, “Syria is Iran’s only ally in the Arab world. It’s their route to the sea. It’s the route for them to arm Hezbollah in Lebanon, which threatens, of course, our ally, Israel.”

As this map published in HuffPo illustrates, the Mormonstrosity doesn’t have a freaking clue about the Middle East.

For starters, Saudi Arabia, lies directly between Iran and Syria.   And Iran’s has direct access to the

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Politics, Re-Spun: Better Homes & Bomb Shelters

Hallowe’en is fast approaching, and the eerie spectre of a potential Romney election win is casting a pall over the southern horizon.

How does a prudent real estate speculator in the United States prepare for the twin threats of roving zombie hordes and political implosion?

Bomb shelters, naturally.

As a certified real estate professional gawking from afar, I found myself wondering just how difficult it would be for our friends in the US of A to locate an abode with a cozy little bunker of one’s own? A piece of land that would offer both the pleasing aesthetics Cold War

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Trashy's World: Women are hiding somewhere in there!

You just can’t see them. But I bet that Mitt can! (6) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario

The Disaffected Lib: Billy Graham Gets His Tits Caught in the Romney Wringer

Evangelist Billy Graham must have thought he was doing Mitt Romney a big favour, inviting the Republican candidate to join him in prayer.   That seems to have backfired – on Graham and Romney.

“As Larry Sabato of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics told the Boston Globe, for an October 13, 2012 story, “Romney is counting on evangelicals. The irony is that this is a shotgun marriage between two very different religions but they are completely dependent upon one another for victory.” But even before that Boston Globe story hit the press, an emerging public relations

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The Disaffected Lib: The Have Binders and Binders and Binders

From TruthDig:

 

The Disaffected Lib: Mittsy’s "Binders" Lie

In last night’s debate, Mitt Romney said, as governor of Massachusetts he looked around and noticed a distinct lack of women in senior positions.   So he went to women’s groups to seek their help.

“And — and so we — we took a concerted effort to go out and find women who had backgrounds that could be qualified to become members of our cabinet.

“I went to a number of women’s groups and said, ‘Can you help us find folks,’ and they brought us whole binders full of women.”

A bald-faced lie atop all the other lies this

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Eclectic Lip: Obama regains “Eye of the Tiger” in 2nd Presidential Debate

I missed the first Presidential Debate last week, but gathered from the chatter that Mitt Romney stole a round from a woefully-underprepared President Obama. The commentary gave the sense that Obama prepared for the event in the way Apollo Creed prepared for the fight in the first Rocky movie. As Apollo’s trainer told him after the champ got knocked down the first round, “he doesn’t know it’s a damn show, he thinks it’s a damn fight!”

Media leaks even suggest that Obama actually thought he won the debate for most of the next day, until some metaphorical kid burst

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